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Where will the money go?

posted Jan 14, 2012, 10:02 PM by Bruce Knox   [ updated Jan 26, 2013, 10:47 AM ]

The money raised by the Team Dai Challenge 2010 will be distributed amongst the following three organisations to assist them in their efforts. Please give all you can to support these three very worthwhile organisations.

1. COPE: to build a mobile workshop (retro-fit a truck/van) and support an outreach program so they can get services, prosthetics, wheelchairs etc to disabled people in remote villages

2. Handicap International: to support their group of UXO survivors who are lobbying for the Cluster Munitions Treaty to be signed by the final 4 countries (out of 30 needed) during the international conference planned for Vientiane in October 2010; and

3. Deak Kum Pa Orphanage: just outside of Luang Prabang is home to about 500 homeless and orphaned children and urgently needs funds to provide basic food, accomodation and teaching services.

100% of donations go to the three organizations being supported.  Riders cover all of their own costs for the ride and there are no middle-man fees!

Team Dai Challenge 2009

The $10000 (or more!!!) that Team Dai hopes to raise by organising the Vientiane to Luang Prabang 2009 Ride will be divided will be divided evenly between the COPE and Handicap Internationalorganisations working in Laos.

COPE, the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise works to provide victims of land mines and other accidents with rehabilitation and provides prosthetics, wheelchairs, and other services to enable these people to regain some normality in their lives. Money donated to the Team Dai 2009 VTE to LP Ride will be used to purchase wheelchairs, fund the production of prosthetics and support the many other services that COPE provides for people in need in Laos. Please visit the COPE website to learn more about this vital program in Vientiane.

It is hoped that a team of wheelchair athletes will join Team Dai in their final kilometres as they ride into Luang Prabang in the afternoon of March 9, 2009.

Handicap International is involved in 12 countries around the world and provides orthopaedic and physiotherapy services as well as being involved in a number of other safety and awareness programs. The $10000 (or much more!!!) that Team Dai hopes to raise will help to support a road safety and awareness program that focuses on reaching those people in Laos struggling to make ends meet and will help subsidise the Handicap International "Free" helmets program.

When visiting the villages, Handicap International runs activites relating to road safety and gives villagers the opportunity to purchase quality motorbike helmets at a greatly reduced fee. Money donated to the Team Dai 2009 VTE to LP Ride will be used to subsidise the cost of the helmets for villagers, reducing the cost of a helmet from 100,000kip to only 30,000kip.